A HEREFORDSHIRE military artist has had her work presented to members of the armed forces

Clare Villar, of Leominster, was commissioned by Brigadier A. Dawes CBE of 160th Welsh Brigade to produce a military artwork to commemorate Operation Rescript (the operation to help tackle the Covid pandemic).

The work was commissoned to thank forces personnel for their hard work and dedication over the last eighteen months.

The artwork captures the handwritten names with detailed hand painted cap badges of the personnel across 80 units of the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force that were involved with helping the NHS through the pandemic in Wales.

The presentation of the artwork was held at the Headquarter 160th (Welsh) Brigade barracks in Brecon, Powys.

The roll of honour commemmorates military personnel who hepled the NHS in Wales during the pandemic

The roll of honour commemmorates military personnel who hepled the NHS in Wales during the pandemic

Ms Villar is an award winning military artist. She has created bespoke rolls of honour for the armed forces in the UK, Canada, Australia and many other countries around the world.

Each Roll of Honour is approximately A1 in size and depict the current and fallen soldiers names, and battle honours hand written in calligraphy with detailed hand painted cap badges.

The rolls are now becoming an important part of regimental military history in their own right globally and within the regiments.

Ms Villar has been working as a military artist full-time since 2014, and won the creative business award at Herefordshire Business Awards in 2019.

She lives in Leominster with her daughters Katie and Amelia and her fiancee colonel Simon Donegan, the commandant for Staffordshire and West Midlands ACF.

Her start in military art came in 2002 when a friend of her's asked her to design a rolls of honour

"He was leaving his regiment and wanted to give something as a parting gift, so he asked me to do one. From that moment it's escalated.

She said the creation of rolls of honour is a painstaking process.

She said: "It takes two to three months to design them and another two months to finish them.

"Military rolls of honour are very personal pieces. You have to be extremely careful doing them. If one thing goes wrong you have to start all over again."

For more information visit clarevillarmilitaryart.com